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Paint The Night is inspired in part by the original Main Street Electrical Parade. These brand-new floats are covered in 1.5 million LEDs. Each float represents a classic Disney or Pixar film, as scenes from from Monsters Inc., Cars, Toy Story, Beauty and the Beast, and The Little Mermaid, and are brought to life by a cast of over 75 performers, who bounce down the route to the upbeat soundtrack of Wreck-It Ralph’s "When Can I See You Again?" by pop artist Owl City (your kids will know who that is). Keep an ear out for musical nods to "Baroque Hoedown," the old Electrical Parade's synth-tastic theme song.
These super-bright displays go far beyond earlier nighttime pageants, and include character puppets with digitally animated faces, a tractor trailer full of floating 3-D designs, and a kinetic Sorcerer’s Apprentice sculpture whose twisting motion defies description. In our opinion, Paint the Night is one of Disney's best nighttime parades ever, and is not to be missed.
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On nights with two scheduled Paint the Night parades, the first performance will start at the western tip of Paradise Gardens Park (next to Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta), go past Goofy's Sky School, Little Mermaid - Ariel's Undersea Adventure, Pacific Wharf, past the entrance of Cars Land, then north to the Carthay Circle section of Buena Vista Street, travel east on Hollywood Blvd (in Hollywood Land), and then travel north on Sunset Blvd. The second performance will begin at Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission BREAKOUT! and run the route in the opposite direction. Most guests watch from the Hollywood Blvd or Carthay Circle. The viewing area near Paradise Gardens Park usually fills up last so we recommend checking there if you need a spot.
Keep in mind this is a popular parade, on busy days you may need to devote over 30 to 60 minutes of time to make sure you secure a good viewing spot. Any spot along the parade route will offer the same experience so you shouldn't worry if you can't see the parade near the front of the park. And since all the floats and many of the puppets are exceedingly tall, you shouldn't have to be seated right up front to have an excellent view.
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